THE VIEW FROM DENNY
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 39. August 1, 2003
J. Nickels, Mayor
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
A periodic electronic newsletter about Parks and Recreation news,
programs, projects and events from Seattle Parks and Recreation
Superintendent Ken Bounds
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In this issue:
Lodge · Golf
Management · Community
Center Levy Update · Nations
in Bloom · Sherwood
History Files · STEPs
Program · Langston
Hughes Summer Musical
setting was apt the 18th annual pow wow at the Daybreak
Star center in Discovery Park for a momentous announcement.
After many years of negotiations, Mayor Greg Nickels came to the
pow wow on July 19 to announce that the City had signed an agreement
with the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) and the
Magnolia Community Coalition on development plans for the Indian
Cultural Center at Discovery Park.
The original plan for a single 148,000-square-foot building was
scaled down to three smaller buildings totaling 96,000 s.f. In
the revised plan, the street leading to Lawtonwood will be closed,
the north meadow expanded, and at least one stream daylighted.
Also known as "People's Lodge," the cultural center
was a long-held dream of the late Bernie Whitebear, a longtime
UIATF leader and Native American advocate. UIATF has a 99-year
renewable lease with the City, signed in 1975, for 19.13 acres
of land in Discovery Park. Under terms of the lease, UIATF is
authorized to establish and operate an Indian Cultural and Educational
Center. The first building constructed in the leased area was
the Daybreak Star Center, which opened in 1977. UIATF has long
sought to enhance Daybreak Star with an Indian Cultural Center.
As next steps, Parks will work to provide necessary easements
and amendments to pertinent building codes, leases and park plans.
Coincidentally, the same morning as the People's Lodge announcement,
I attended a ceremony in Leschi where the community unveiled a
19-foot dream catcher sculpture in honor of Bernie Whitebear and
Luana Reyes, Bernie's sister.
For the first time, all four of our public golf courses will be
under the same management. We have contracted with Premier Golf
Centers to take over management of the City's three municipal
golf courses at Jefferson Park, Jackson Park, and West Seattle,
through an 18-month contract ending on December 31, 2004. During
this period, we will send out an Request for Proposals for long-term
management of the courses. Premier currently manages the highly
successful Interbay Golf Center.
Earlier this year, the City and Municipal Golf of Seattle (MGS)
agreed to terminate MGS's role in managing the three 18-hole courses.
Since then, the City has negotiated with MGS and one of its main
creditors, Frontier Bank, to end the relationship.
Parks will continue to maintain the three 18-hole courses and
own all the assets; we will pay Premier a monthly fee to manage
the courses. Parks Golf Director Andy Soden will work closely
with Premier to smooth the transition and make improvements to
golf operations and customer service.
Come out and enjoy one of our great courses this summer! Especially
appealing may be the newly renovated Jackson Park Golf Course.
Seattle Public Utilities recently completed its drainage improvement
project at Jackson that had the added benefit of enhancing the
course and upgrading the irrigation system. With the addition
of water detention ponds, Holes 1, 3, 7, 9 now have attractive
(and challenging) water hazards. Many new plants were planted.
Call 206-684-7521 now to sign up for your tee time.
COMMUNITY CENTER LEVY UPDATE
Planning and Development Division is working with great success
to implement the 1999 Community Center Levy. To date, construction
has started on four of the nine projects, including the new center
in International District/Chinatown, the High Point addition,
the Sand Point renovation and the new Yesler Community Center.
Construction will begin on Jefferson Community Center addition
in the coming weeks. Community members and Parks are planning
a start of construction celebration at Jefferson in September.
Parks continues to work with the Low Income Housing Institute
on a partnership that will yield a new community center in Belltown.
Parks and the Seattle Public Library are partnering to create
a new center of civic life in the Northgate area with a new community
center, park and library. We are well into the planning stages
for the Southwest Community Center addition, and are into the
beginning planning stages for the Van Asselt Community Center.
For more information on the Community Center Levy Program, please
contact Joelle Ligon at 206-233-7929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the program web page at www.seattle.gov/parks
NATIONS IN BLOOM
Parks and Recreation is a finalist in an international competition
called Nations in Bloom, which recognizes excellence in environmental
management and the creation of livable communities. We submitted
our application in June. As a finalist, we've been invited to
send a delegation to Apeldoorn, Netherlands, in October to make
our final presentation. While we at Parks initiated the application,
we will consult closely with colleagues in other City departments
to complete our final presentation.
SHERWOOD HISTORY FILES
Seattle Parks and Recreation's Sherwood History Files are now
available online. Please visit our home page at www.seattle.gov/parks
and scroll down to the Sherwood link. These documents provide
capsule histories of most of our hundreds of parks and facilities,
including dates, dimensions, and origins of park names.
The Sherwood Files are the incredible legacy of Donald N. Sherwood
(1916-1981), who worked as an engineer for Parks for 22 years
from 1955 to 1977. In the course of his work, which included designing
buildings and producing brochures, Sherwood began compiling sketch
maps of the parks, annotating them with historical information.
He started writing individual histories for each facility when
the information didn't fit on the maps. In 1972 he was assigned
the responsibility of sorting and preserving Parks records. Although
given little time to perform this duty, Sherwood threw himself
into the activity with vigor, and continued this work until his
position was eliminated, due to a budget reduction, in 1977.
year's Step Toward Environmental Partnership (STEPs) participants
are working in Carkeek Park, Camp Long, Loyal Heights Community
Center and Green Lake Park, among other parks and facilities.
STEPs provides "at risk" and economically disadvantaged
teens with environmental training and hands-on work experience.
The program is in need of funding and sponsorship. For information
or to make a donation, please contact Tom Ostrom, Seattle Parks
and Recreation, at 206-684-4957 or email@example.com
LANGSTON HUGHES SUMMER MUSICAL
Parks and Recreation and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
are proud to present the Summer Youth Theatre Program's stage
production of The Soul of Beauty and the Beast, showing at 1 p.m.
and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 and Friday, Aug. 29 at the Paramount
Theatre, 911 Pine St.
Langston Hughes' Summer Youth Theatre Program is an eight-week
professional arts-training program that exposes about 70 youth
to all aspects of performance production, including dance, singing,
and technical production.
I will be in touch soon.